City soundtracks

Walking through the city, one is treated to a variety of sounds — it could be the conversation of the people walking ahead of you on the sidewalk, the scraping of hockey sticks on asphalt as kids play road hockey, or the revving of car engines. And with the proliferation of people wearing headphones in public these days, more and more people are creating their own private soundtracks for the city.

Traffic Island Discs is a London radio programme that makes some of these private soundtracks audible:

“Traffic Island Discs is a radio programme about music, people and spaces. We roam the streets looking for people wearing headphones, stop them, and interview them while recording whatever they are listening to. The result is a half hour tour of an area of London, heard through people’s personal tastes and rhythms.”